Christian Union Caritas
Christian Union launched its first leadership development ministry at Princeton in 2002. The ministry's Founder and CEO, Matt Bennett, had long observed the influence that top secular universities possess when it comes to producing many of the nation’s most influential leaders. He had a conviction that US culture could and would be changed as these schools were influenced by the Gospel. Since then the ministry has expanded to all the Ivy League schools, and in the fall of 2016 we launched the Caritas ministry, serving students at Stanford.
Vision + Mission
The ministry's vision is to seek a spiritually vibrant nation marked by Christian values permeating every corner of society. Christian Union pursues this ministry by developing and connecting transformative Christian leaders in our nation's universities.
On each campus where it operates, Christian Union’s highly credentialed ministry and teaching fellows mentor students and lead challenging, academically oriented Bible courses designed to help students develop a robust understanding of Scripture and Christian worldview. The ministries also host conferences, leadership lecture series, and evangelistic outreach events as they seek to change the spiritual climate at very secular institutions.
"Christian" reflects our commitment to Jesus Christ and the good news that we can be in a right relationship with God through faith in him. "Union" is a call for us to seek unity and oneness in the essentials of our faith, beyond specific denomination or creed. "Caritas" is the Latin name for love. In an address on October 3, 1902, Stanford founder Jane Stanford said, “Provision has been made whereby all those who love Our Lord Jesus Christ may partake of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper at stated intervals in the Memorial Church”
If you'd like to get involved with us, please contact CUCaritas@christianunion.org